The Venice Art Walls need funding. City cutbacks are leaving those trying to keep this Venice institution afloat while responding to neighbors’ concerns about tagging in the neighborhood without funding. The walls are a big deal to graff writers and appreciators around the world (serious). Tourists flock to them. Go spend some money on works created by some of the cream of the crop of L.A. street artists.
VENICE ART WALLS
BENEFIT ART AUCTION
Tuesday June 3, 2008
6:00-9:00 PM (Silent Auction Closes at 8:00 PM)
Presented by I.C.U. Art
At The G2 Gallery
1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA (@ Milwood. 2 blocks north of Venice Blvd.)
ARTISTS (in no particular order)
Axis, Robbie Conal, Swank, Slick, Asylm, Haste, Terrell Moore, Toonz, Eye, Emily Winters, Eric “Cre8” Walker, Barry “Twist” McGee, Kofie, Erick “Duke” Montenegro, Judy Baca, Randy “Relic” Legaspi, Edizen Stowell, Steve Grody, Mandoe, Kiino Villand, Ezra Li, Juan Carlos “Heaven” Muñozh, Sen, Tosha Grantham, Mark Sadlek, JoeX2, Man One, Dytch, Michael Rababy, Sonji, Miner, Duce, Flwent, Ping Ping, Zender, Mike D. Steele, Siner, Sano, Zuco, Andrew “Nomor” Huerta, Emma Ferreira, Ruth San Pietro, Dustin Otterbach, Pose 2, Alberto Garcia Vaca, Mario, Timoi, Jennifer Kaufman, Ernest Miranda, Vyal & more…
Auctioneer: Richard Montoya (Culture Clash)
Exhibition Curators: Jeanna Penn & Stash Maleski ICU Art
The Venice Art Walls are in Danger!
The Venice Art Walls need your help. The program that issues free permits to artists to paint on the walls is in desperate need of funding. City of L.A. funding for this program is being cut due to the City of L.A. budget crises. Without a permit program, the City of L.A. has made it clear that it will close the area to painting. The area will be in great danger if this occurs.
The Venice Art Walls is the only place in the City of Los Angeles where artists can paint graffiti art on City of L.A. property legally. The area was formerly known as the Venice Graffiti Walls or the Graffiti Pit. ICU Art helped to preserve this area from destruction in 1999 when the City was remodeling the Ocean Front Walk and tore down the Venice Pavilion. ICU Art has been curating the walls since 2000 as a free, non-profit program for the graffiti artists of Los Angeles and the residents of Venice.
Come help to preserve this important cultural and historic landmark and the spirit of free expression in Venice. This is a rare opportunity to see or purchase some incredible artwork by some of California’s most sought after artists at amazing prices.
Current Program Only Funded Through July 1, 2008
The program that has been issuing the permits for artists to paint is funded only through July 1, 2008. When these funds run out, the walls will be closed to painting. All funds generated will go to The Chrysalis Project – the non-profit organization that helps to manage the Venice Art Walls program. The money will go specifically to pay the artists and other people who work as On-Site Supervisors issuing free permits to artists on weekends and City of L.A. holidays.
Info about the organizing group: www.ICUART.com
For more information on making donations to the Venice Art Walls go to:
Please forward this invitation to your friends.
$10 Admission at the door (donating artists are the only people eon the guest list)
Gallery will be open for preview viewing of the artwork from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM No charge to view or place bids on artwork during the day.
Info line: (310) 535-7729
Silent Auction closes at 8:00PM! (most artwork will be in the silent auction)
Live Auction starts at 8:15.
Artwork pick-up is from 9:00-10:30
Afterparty is next door at The Brig, 1515 Abbott Kinney Blvd (free) 9:00PM
Valet Parking available for a fee.
Free parking is on the street on Abbot Kinney, Electric Ave, (one block east of Abbot Kinney) or two blocks south on Venice Blvd.
We will be accepting cash and checks as well as major credit cards through Pay Pal.
ICU Art Direct: (310) 359-5108 (Jeanna Penn) email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 309-7756
The G2 Gallery is located at:
1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA
supporting art and the environment
The G2 Gallery is generously donating their beautiful new gallery space for this one day event. For more info on the gallery: http://www.theg2gallery.com/
Raffle Tickets for: Art, Goods & Services – $5
We will be selling raffle tickets at this event that will feature unique goods and services from artists and businesses.
ICU Art – In Creative Unity
Venice Art Walls
(310) 309-7756 cell